In Memoriam : Miriam Gentry

Miriam Gentry Miriam Gentry - age: 95
(June 15, 1922 to January 12, 2018 )
Resident of Three Rivers, California

Visitation Information:
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, 42013 Eggers Drive, Three Rivers CA. Burial will follow in the Three Rivers Cemetery.

Miriam Lorraine Gentry –Three Rivers, CA Miriam Lorraine (Rimel) Gentry, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Aunt was born on June 15, 1922 and went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2018 at the age of 95. Miriam was born in Los Angeles to Cora Jane and Walter Rimel. Her sisters were Carol Rutherford and Dixie Collins and her brother was Fenwick (Bud) Rimel. Miriam married Homer Gentry at Fort Will Rodgers in Oklahoma in 1944. Miriam’s very full life included being an Air Force wife in Virginia, Ohio, Japan, and Maryland. Miriam was active in Three Rivers from the time the family, her husband Lt. Col. H.E. Gentry plus children Cory and Chris, arrived in 1959. She was a swimming teacher at the Kaweah River and program director for Red Cross swimming in Woodlake. She jumped into many activities in Three Rivers such as Lion’s Club, PTA, yoga class, backpacking club, and her favorite, being a Jazz enthusiast, primarily following the High Sierra Jazz Band. She loved living in Hawaii for a time and was always up for an adventure. Also Miriam was a trooper on camping trips with the kids and grandkids. Miriam dearly loved entertaining friends and family as well as making sure they were all fed well! Most of her life she loved music and dancing. She enjoyed reading and watching Jeopardy. Her baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals and she loved baseball in general. Her TV show favorites were The Walton’s, Little House on the Prairie and Monk. Miriam worked for Social Security and Soil Conservation in Visalia. In Three Rivers she typed for Rachelle Ledbetter when she ran the newspaper. Miriam is survived by her daughter, Cory and husband Rob Balsom currently from Three Rivers, son Chris Gentry and wife Shigeko from Bali, Indonesia, plus Grandchildren Becky (Balsom) Ming and husband Robert Ming from Lago Vista, Texas, Erin (Balsom) Curtis and husband Jay Curtis from Powell, Wyoming, Kayliene (Greterman) Moss and husband Tyler currently in the Coast Guard, Tristan Gentry and Leeland Gentry currently attending college. Also there are 6 great grandchildren, Colton, Gracen and Devon Curtis and Makayla, Nathan and Aiden Ming; plus niece, Gail Lander of Shell, Wyoming. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews. Miriam was preceded in death by her husband, all her siblings, and her dear nieces, Dawn Diane Lafferty and Susan Greterman.

Col and Mrs. Robin Gentry - January 19, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
Cory and Chris, We are so sad to hear of Aunt Miriam's passing. Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Robin, Cydnee, Taylor, Ethan and Rex Gentry

Larry Hicks - January 27, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
Hi Cory, I just read, in the Kaweah Commonwealth, about your Mother's passing. It is sad that she has passed but happy that she had such a long life. I remember her fondly as I am sure is the case with many others. Sharon and I have been talking about what a fun person she was. I have happy memories of going to see Don Ho with you and her and how much she enjoyed herself there as she did everywhere. Our condolences to you and Rob and to Chris as well. Larry and Sharon Hicks